If you like the original Metrokane Rabbit but want something with a sleeker look, the Vertical Rabbit may fit the bill. Both are lever-style openers that reviewers say work quickly and easily. The original has arms that extend horizontally, prompting one critic to liken it to a surgical instrument; the Vertical stands upright on the bottle.
Widely considered reliable. The Metrokane Vertical Rabbit is an effective and reliable opener, according to both expert and owner reviews. It earns a recommendation in one professional comparative evaluation, and Bloomberg Businessweek's Jessie Scanlon says, "every bottle opening is a smooth and graceful experience." A few users complain that the cork isn't always extracted or it's difficult to remove from the screw, however, and some find the opener's construction flimsy. Nevertheless, the Vertical Rabbit gets high average ratings from most users.
Ergonomic design. Reviewers call the Metrokane Vertical Rabbit easy to operate, with one reporting that it "gets the cork out effortlessly." Scanlon agrees, saying its operation is "intuitive" and feels "natural." Several owners praise the ergonomic grip, and one adds that the Vertical Rabbit is good for those with arthritis. Storage gets mixed results: One user says the opener's bulky design makes it hard to store while others find that it fits easily in a drawer.
1. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Editors test 17 lever-style models based on criteria including design, performance and ease of use. The Metrokane Vertical Rabbit is one of seven openers that make the first cut and are evaluated again in a runoff test.
Review: Wine Openers, Editors of Cook's Illustrated, May 2013
About 60 Amazon.com customers review the Metrokane Vertical Rabbit in gray, giving it an average rating of 4.2 stars out of 5. Nearly 140 users comment on the red version, giving it 4.1 stars out of 5. Most say the opener is well designed and easy to use, although some report breakages.
Review: Metrokane Vertical Rabbit Lever Style Corkscrew with Foil Cutter, Gun Metal Grey, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2013
More than 30 users post reviews for the red Vertical Rabbit here, where it gets an average rating of 4.1 stars out of 5; more than a dozen give the gray version 4.2 stars out of 5. While most owners praise the opener's effectiveness, some report performance or construction flaws.
Review: Metrokane Vertical Rabbit Corkscrew (Candy Apple Red), Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of August 2013
4. Bloomberg Businessweek
Scanlon praises the Vertical Rabbit's ease of use and sleek appearance, but criticizes the design of the foil cutter that accompanies it. There's no indication that she compares it to any openers other than previous Rabbit models.
Review: Metrokane Vertical Rabbit, Jessie Scanlon, Oct. 13, 2008